St Elizabeth roadwork a good start, says Azan

A section of the Jointwood
Road for which $10 million
has been allocated. (PHOTOS:

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — All agreed that the $10 million allocated for patching work on the badly scoured Jointwood Road, which links Maggotty to Elderslie in North West St Elizabeth, "is just a drop in the bucket". But junior minister for Works, Richard Azan, and local political representa ... Read More

St Aubyn Bartlett in Bellefield addressing the first of 15 JLP
divisional meetings to take place in Manchester over the next
six months St Aubyn Bartlett ‘fired up’ to take Central Manchester
BELLEFIELD, Manchester — Close to a year since becoming the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretak ... Read More

Ferron Williams was
re-elected for a
second five-year term
as colonel of the
Accompong Maroons. Colonel vows to revive flogging for criminal acts
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — The Jamaican Parliament abolished flogging as a means of judicial p ... Read More

Stoplight Hustle producer Sheena McLean
(centre) with team members (from left)
Robert Reid Jnr, Abi-Gaye Smythe,
Jhennelle Johnson, and Robert Reid Snr. Spotlight on Stoplight at Lignum Vitae Film Festival
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The team behind the animated production Stoplight Hustle won six awar ... Read More

Students benefit from Observer Lecture Series

Monday, April 20, 2015    

Jamaica Observer advertising executives in the South/Central Region Suzanne
Roper (seated) and Moya Whyte (second left forefront) were among Jamaica
Observer staff at Belair High School in Mandeville, recently, to assist students
who came out for the free Mathematics and English Language CSEC Workshop
organised by the company.

Photo 1: Jamaica Observer advertising executives in the South/Central Region Suzanne Roper (seated) and Moya Whyte (second left forefront) were among Jamaica Observer staff at Belair High School in Mandeville recently to assist students who came out for the free Mathematics and English Language CSEC Workshop organised by the company. Photo 2: Students from schools in Manchester, St Elizabeth and Clarendon at Belair High School auditorium in Mandeville for the Annual Jamaica Observer Ltd (JOL) L ... Read More

The power of social media

Monday, April 20, 2015    

Principal of the Bunker’s Hill Primary School in Clarendon, Nardel Henry (left), Digicel Brand
ambassador Tifa (fourth left) and Senior Sponsorship and Development Manager Kamal
Powell (right) with students from the school. (PHOTOS: DIGICEL)

BUNKER'S HILL, Clarendon — Thanks to social media, telecoms provider Digicel has provided modern bathroom facilities for Bunker's Hill Primary School in Clarendon, a news release from the company said. According to Digicel, Bunker's Hill Primary past student Albert Anderson capitalised on the power of social media when he sent a direct message on Instagram asking for help to upgrade the bathroom facilities at his alma mater. The school, which accommodates 75 students, had been using pit ... Read More

Jamalco stages health fair in Top Halse Hall

Monday, April 20, 2015    

Nurse Shalilah Taylor conducts a blood pressure check on Leanora Reid at the
health fair held recently at Top Halse Hall.

MAY PEN, Clarendon -- Seventy-three-year-old Leanora Reid was among 52 residents of Top Halse Hall who benefited from a health and information fair held in that community recently, according to the organisers, bauxite/alumina company Jamalco. The health services ranged from blood sugar, blood pressure, and eye examinations to Body Mass Index (BMI) and cholesterol checks, a release from Jamalco said. These services were provided by medical doctor Kamal Anglin and members of Jamalco's medical de ... Read More

JMMB Mandeville combines finance and fitness

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, April 20, 2015    

JMMB clients taking advantage
of one of the Zumba sessions.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) clients in Mandeville recently benefited from "finance and fitness" sessions organised by the financial institution. The participants received the opportunity to engage in Zumba -- a combination of aerobics and dance -- at a studio designed for the activity. While the Zumba sessions are a new initiative for the organisation, Corporate Communications Lead Patricia Valentine said that it is not uncommon for "lifestyle" events to ... Read More

Dorothy Miller is IUC pro chancellor South Middlesex Region

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, April 20, 2015    

Dorothy Miller
with IUC President
Rev Dr Maitland
Evans during the

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Businesswoman, educator and former insurance advisor Dorothy Miller was last Wednesday installed by International University of the Caribbean (IUC) as the second Regional Pro Chancellor to serve the South Middlesex Region. Founded by the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands in 2005, IUC is the result of a merger of the previous College for Leadership and Theological Development and the Mel Nathan College, which focused on business and skills-related cou ... Read More

Glorious Jermaine!

Monday, April 20, 2015    

Photo shows Blackwood playing a
lofted straight drive during his landmark
first innings knock. (PHOTO: WICB)

Former Holmwood Technical High School star Jermaine Blackwood scored his maiden Test match hundred (112 not out) in the first innings of the drawn first Test between West Indies and England at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua last week. Blackwood, who left Holmwood Technical in 2010 as captain of the Christiana school cricket team, hit 14 fours and two sixes and faced 220 balls to hold the West Indies first innings together. Blackwood, a native of White House, eastern Westmoreland, a ... Read More

Kendal All Age hosts Math Career Day

Monday, April 20, 2015    

Three students who participated in the Math Fashion Show.

KENDAL, Manchester — Keen to improve Mathematics results, Kendal All-Age School in Manchester recently held its inaugural Mathematics Career Day. The event, according to Co-ordinator and Vice-Principal Felecia McLaughlin, is among the school's initiatives to more effectively impart the concepts of the subject to students. "We have a challenge with Math. We did a Mathematics Strategic Plan to measure where we are in numeracy as a school and put plans in place to where we want to go," she ... Read More

Adventist initiative seeks to change lives through volunteerism

Monday, April 20, 2015    

O-Say volunteers clearing bush from
a section of Grove Town Cemetery in
Manchester. (Photos: Nigel Coke)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester -- The Central Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (CJC) has organised an initiative to attract at-risk young people into volunteerism in their communities. Through what it has named Operation Save A Youth (O-SAY), the church is mobilising young people to volunteer and help others in the parishes of Clarendon, St Catherine and Manchester. The initiative comes against the backdrop of official figures showing that an alarming number of teenagers are being charged ... Read More


Monday, April 20, 2015    

A diary

Tuesday, April 21 -- 1:00 pm Projects Abroad Jamaica International Day Celebration Projects Abroad Office Mandeville Thursday, April 23 -- 8:00 am Projects Abroad Jamaica Stakeholders' Breakfast Meeting Golf View Hotel Mandeville Friday, April 24 JAMVYBZ Business and Technology Expo (JABATE 2015) Mandeville Park Thursday, April 30 -- 5:00 pm Rotary Club of Mandeville Meeting Regie's Bistro, Mandeville Guest: Minister of National Security and Central Manchester MP Peter Bunting ... Read More

St Elizabeth's high-profile political duels

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-Large South Central Bureau myersg@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, April 19, 2015    

(L) HINDS... will neither confirm nor deny his interest.  (R) PRYCE... sitting MP who is under pressure.

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Prime Minister and President of the ruling People's National Party (PNP) Portia Simpson Miller will have high profile challenges to sitting MPs as a distracting backdrop as she meets with constituency executives in St Elizabeth today. Yesterday, former West Indies cricketer Wavell Hinds neither confirmed nor denied reports from impeccable sources of an intention to challenge Member of Parliament for St Elizabeth North Eastern Raymond Pryce for leadership of that ... Read More



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